Reports to: SA State Manager
Location of Job: Ngutu College Woodville North SA on Kaurna Country
Appointment type: 1 x half day per week from Term 4 2021 until (end of Term 4) December 2024


Musica Viva exists to create and support a vibrant chamber music sector which is accessible to people of all backgrounds across Australia.

Musica Viva’s Mission

An Australia where chamber music thrives and where people of all ages, cultures and communities have access to, and learn to appreciate, the vital role of music in building a stronger, more creative world.

Purpose of position

The Primary Classroom Music Teacher Mentor would work with teaching staff to co-plan, deliver and supervise delivery of classroom music activities at Ngutu College for a half-day per week from the beginning of Term 4 2021 until the end of the school year in 2024.

Reporting/Working Relationships

The position reports to SA Manager for overall accountability, but also deals closely with the SA State Coordinator and SA Admin Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Classroom music teaching & mentoring

  • Classroom music teaching from Years 3-5, including development of syllabus for each year group
  • Demonstrate classroom music teaching activities, supervise lesson delivery and guide lesson planning for staff in their teaching of class music activities
  • Assist and liaise with coordinating teachers, principals and SA Manager, Musica Viva in the preparation of various music performances during the year
  • Conduct choir and percussion ensemble activity

2. Foster a positive learning environment

  • Provide a contemporary, relevant and student-centred education
  • Provide a caring classroom environment of support for all students
  • Foster independent, resilient young people with a positive sense of self 
  • Inspire within students a love of learning
  • Ensure teaching methodologies support critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and facilitate independent learning
  • Identify and respond to the individual learning needs of all students to enable them to strive for personal excellence
  • Monitor individual student progress and promptly communicate any concerns to relevant staff

3. Communication and relationships

  • Communicate effectively with all staff in the schools and Musica Viva personnel
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the teaching staff about students’ needs
  • Establish effective relationships with students

4. Professional development

  • Actively contribute to the school’s commitment to ongoing learning, continuous improvement, innovation and collaboration
  • Provide appropriate professional development and mentorship for school staff

5. Administration

  • Liaise with the SA Manager Musica Viva on all matters related to areas of responsibility, including the development of the syllabus, students, time-tabling changes and staff mentorship
  • Attend music meetings with SA Manager, Musica Viva and school leadership as required
  • Advise on progression of students
  • Prepare a written report to the SA Manager Musica Viva once per term
  • Other duties as required.

6. Organisational Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to the school and Musica Viva policies and procedures
  • Maintain healthy work relationships with volunteers and other staff members
  • Attend meetings as required
  • Participate in professional and performance development activities and remain up-to date on current knowledge and skills related to the position
  • Take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and for the health and safety of anyone else who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at the workplace
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, confidentiality and cultural awareness when dealing with others
  • Adhere to workplace policies, procedures and systems, as amended from time to time, in particular those that address workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment and privacy
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of the organisation and avoid participation during or after employment, in any activity that might be harmful to the good operation, health, or reputation of the organisation.
  • In addition to the duties outlined above, the position holder is also required to perform such other duties as may be directed, provided these are within his/her competency or training from time to time

Competencies and Experience of Position Holder

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience and a high level of competency in primary music education
  • Ability to lead ensemble activities
  • A demonstrated ability to enthuse, motivate and encourage students in their music learning
  • An up to date and thorough understanding of principles and practices relating to student learning strategies
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly focused on achieving student outcomes, including ability to foster a positive and supportive classroom environment for learning
  • Demonstrable organisational skills, work ethic and self-motivation
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills, with experience identifying, resolving and implementing solutions
  • Registration as a teacher in South Australia or eligible for registration
  • Current Working with Children clearance and RAN training certificates.
  • Current driver’s license

Desirable Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience in training adults

To apply: Send your resume and a letter (maximum 1 page) introducing yourself and addressing the essential and desirable qualities detailed above to jobs@musicaviva.com.au.

Note: In the subject of the email and any attachments use the following code NGUTU21 and your own LAST NAME (e.g. NGUTU21 VICKERS). Applications not including the correct code may not be correctly processed.

Inquiries regarding the role can be made by contacting People and Culture Director Sarah Vickers via email at svickers@musicaviva.com.au or SA State Manager Emily Kelly at ekelly@musicaviva.com.au.

Please include a covering letter as applications without a cover letter addressing the position requirements will not be considered. Please also ensure the application is sent straight to our jobs email address with the correct job code quoted in the email subject line. Do not apply via recruitment portals, as your application may not reach us.

Musica Viva is a family-friendly and flexible employer committed to equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other diverse cultural and regional communities. We also welcome applications from people who identify as having a disability. If at any stage of the recruitment process you require any accommodation due to a disability please let us know.

Applications close: 6pm Friday 27 August 2021. Apply ASAP.